UFC 277 Preview

The UFC is having two interesting PPV cards this month with the second coming up at the end of the month headlined by the rematch of Amanda Nunes vs. Julianna Peña at UFC 277 for the UFC Bantamweight title. The card also features other great bouts including a matchup between Light Heavyweight Magomed Ankalaev and MMA veteran Anthony Smith.  Heavyweight Derrick Lewis will also be fighting in a bout with Sergei Pavlovich. The Co-Main event will be a matchup between former Men’s Flyweight champion Brandon Moreno and Kai Kara-France.

A bout between Light Heavyweight Magomed Ankalaev and Anthony Smith is the first fight we’re excited for. Smith who has been fighting MMA for almost a decade and a half has compiled a career 36-16 record and is riding a three fight win streak since going through his last rough patch where he lost three out of four fights. He will be facing Magomed Ankalaev who came into the UFC in 2018 and since losing his promotional debut has not lost since with an amazing 17-1 record. Ankalaev hails from Dagestan and is a wrestler and a master of sport in combat Sambo.

Knockout artist Derrick Lewis will be facing off against Sergei Pavlovich at UFC 277. Lewis who is one of the most active fighters, lost in his last outing when he faced off against Tai Tuivasa at UFC 271. Lewis who hails from Houston is an interesting case as he doesn’t care about titles or glory he cares about knockouts and getting paid and going back to his property and his cars and living peacefully. Lewis is an entertainer and he looks to add to add to his knockout count when he stands across the Octagon against Pavlovich. Pavlovich is a talented wrestler who has heavy hands, with 12 of his 15 wins coming by way of knockout. 

The Co-Main Event at UFC 277 is a matchup between former Men’s Flyweight champion Brandon Moreno and Kai Kara-France. Moreno is coming off his title fight against Deiveson Figueiredo where he lost his belt to Brazilian Deiveson Figueiredo. Moreno has an odd looking 19-6-2 record. Kara-France is a formidable opponent for Moreno in his last outing Kara-France beat a then undefeated Askar Askarov. Before that he had a great TKO victory over former Champion Cody Garbrandt. Kara-France hopes to beat another former UFC Champion.

The biggest upset in the MMA world was when Julianna Peña shocked the world and took the Bantamweight title from Amanda Nunes. The pair which are coaches on the Ultimate Fighter will face off again for the Bantamweight title at UFC 277. Nunes is still a favorite on every sports book for the rematch but not as heavy a favorite as she was in the last fight, where Peña showed everyone what a puncher’s chance really means.

Peña did everything she said she was going to do to Nunes, proving that she is a fierce opponent worthy of taking on any fighter in the division. Nunes, who holds her Black Belt in Judo and Jiu Jitsu and can throw her heavy hands, successfully defended the Bantamweight belt five times and won the Featherweight title in the process of defending that belt twice. We shall see if she regains the Bantamweight belt next from current champ Peña.

Fighter Profile: Curtis Blaydes

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Curtis Blaydes will make his return to the UFC Octagon on Saturday the 26th when he faces off against Chris Daukas. Blaydes will be hunting his 11th Knockout win when he steps into the Cage and faces Daukaus. Blaydes only three losses in his career are twice to Francis Ngannou and Derrick Lewis who are elite Heavyweights, he goes into next Saturday’s contest as a heavy betting favorite.

Blaydes was born in Naperville, Illinois on February 18, 1991 he grew up in Chicago and would get his start in Martial Arts when he would start Wrestling st De La Salle Institute where he was a standout winning a State title his senior year. He finished his High School career with a 95-18 record with an impressive 44-0 record his senior year. Blaydes would then get a full wrestling scholarship to Northern Illinois University. In his freshman year at NIU he compiled a 19-2 record. He’d then transfer to Harper College where he’d win the NJCAA National Championship. After he completed this feat he’d go on to leave school to  focus on MMA.

Blaydes compiled an impressive 5-0 armature record in MMA before making his professional debut against Lorenzo Hood winning by TKO (Doctor Stoppage) in May of 2014 in the XFO promotion. Blaydes would then face William Baptiste in October of 2014 in that same promotion again winning by TKO(Punches.)  Brad Faylor would be next for Blaydes again he’d win by TKO (Punches.) In his next two outings he’d face Allen Crowder and Luis Cortez winning both fights by TKO. Blaydes would then get the call to join the biggest MMA promotion in the world, the UFC.

Blaydes would make his UFC debut against Ngannou in April of 2016. Unfortunately for Blaydes he’d lose the contest by TKO marking the first loss of his career and in the promotion. He would then face Cody East in October of 2016 winning by TKO (Elbows) which earned him Performance of the Night honors. He’d then face Adam Milstead he’d win the contest but it would be overturned after Blaydes tested positive for Pot. He’d then go on another four fight win streak before losing another fight to Francis Ngannou. Blaydes would then go on another four fight run before dropping a fight to Knockout artist Derrick Lewis. In his last contest in September of 2021 he’d win against Jairzinho Rozenstruik. 

We hope Blaydes can make it two in a row when he steps into the Octagon on the 26th.

UFC 271 Preview

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UFC 271 is right around the corner headlined by an awesome title fight between Robert Whittaker and Champion Israel Adesanya. Also featured on the card is a bout between Derek Brunson and Jared Cannonier. The Co main event on this killer card is a bout between Heavyweights, Derrick Lewis and the King of the shoeie Tai Tuivasa.

The first bout of note on the main card is between Derek Brunson and Jared Cannonier. Brunson is coming off a win against Darren Till in September of 2021. Brunson is riding a five fight win streak and is currently ranked fourth in the UFC Middleweight division. He will face number three ranked Jared Cannonier. Cannonier is coming off a win against Kelvin Gastelum who he beat via Unanimous Decision. Cannonier beat Gastelum after being out of the Octagon since October of 2020 after healing from an injury sustained in his loss to Robert Whittaker. He hopes to put an end to Blonde Brunson’s streak. It is expected that the winner might face the winner of Adesanya vs. Whittaker. This is one of the only times a title eliminator is on the same night as the title fight in that division.

The next bout of note is between Lewis and Tuivasa and honestly both are fan favorites so this fight will definitely sell PPV cards. Lewis is coming off a win against Chris Daukas during UFC Fight Night main event in December of last year. Lewis was coming off a loss going into that fight against Ciryl Gane. Lewis has a tough opponent in Tuivasa who is riding a three fight win streak.

In an interview with Espn Tuaviasa was quoted as saying in regards to accepting a fight with Lewis, “I was on the piss; I was blind [drunk], I didn’t notice until the next morning that [UFC matchmaker] Mick Maynard messaged me and I had messaged back. He messaged, ‘Are you awake,’ and I was like, ‘Yeah’; it was like 4:30 in the morning. And then I woke up to 20 missed calls from my manager, from my coach Sully [Shaun Sullivan] and s**t like that, so I was like, ‘Something must have happened.’” Tuivasa has a taste for beer and drinks it out of a show when he wins. Lewis is also known to do ridiculous stuff after his fights including throwing his cup into the audience after his fight with Daukas. It’ll be interesting to see who wins and who gets to do their odd celebrations.

The main event is truly a great fight between the two best Middleweights in the UFC. Adesanya will be making  his fourth title defense against Whittaker who he won the Middleweight title against at UFC 243 in October of 2019 by Knockout. Adesanya has been absolutely unstoppable at Middleweight winning every contest he has ever fought at 185. His only loss in MMA came as a result of a move up to attempt to become a double champion by taking then Light Heavyweight Champion Jan Błachowicz’s title.  Robert Whittaker has been on a three fight win streak since losing his title to Adesanya including victories over Darren Till, Jared Cannonier, and Kelvin Gastelum. Before losing to Adesanya, Whittaker was on an impressive nine fight win streak including wins over Derek Brunson, Ronaldo Souza, and Yoel Romero.

UFC 271 is a banger to be sure. Don’t forget to tune in as it will be a good time, with great fights, and some of the promotion’s best and most interesting fighters. 

Fighter Profile: Francis Ngannou

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Francis Ngannou is the baddest man on the planet right now at UFC 270 he retained the UFC Heavyweight title against a familiar foe, his former training partner Ciryl Gane. Ngannou is an amazing testament to the power of hardwork and sacrifice from being a child laborer, homeless man,  to a UFC champion. Although his contract is a constant sore spot for Ngannou, his performances prove that he is worth any penny the UFC gives him, and fans hope that the super fight between him and Jon Jones will finally happen after he gets his knee injury fixed.

Ngannou was born September 5th 1986 Batié, Cameroon. Ngannou had little to no education and at age ten he started working at a sand quarry in Batié. Ngannou’s father was a street fighter and Ngannou decided he wouldn’t follow in his dad’s footsteps as a streetfighter and would focus on Boxing to do something positive with his life to avoid gang life. Ngannou started training Boxing in Cameroon  but stopped due to illness, he’d pick it up later on and decided to train in better conditions in Paris, France.

Ngannou would go to Europe and would get as far as Spain Before getting jailed for two months for entering the country illegally. He’d eventually get freed and would end up being homeless in France where he met his eventual coach who would let Ngannou live at his gym and switched him to fighting MMA.

Ngannou made his MMA debut against Rachid Benzina he’d win by Submission (Armbar.) He’d drop his next fight to Zoumana Cisse by Unanimous Decision after. Ngannou would then fight Bilal Tahtahi winning by KO (Punch) in April of 2014 on that same night he’d also face Nicolas Specq winning by Submission (Arm-triangle choke.) In September of 2014 he’d face Luc Ngeleka winning by Submission (Guillotine choke.) Ngannou would face William Baldutti in May of 2015 winning by TKO (Punches)

Ngannou would then get the call to fight in the UFC. He’d make his UFC debut against Curtis Blaydes and would win by TKO (Doctor Stoppage.) Ngannou would then face Bojan Mihajlović and would win by TKO (Punches.) He’d then face Anthony Hamilton and would win via Submission (kimura.) His fist and last Submission victory to date in the UFC. Andrei Arlovski and Alistair Overeem would be his next two fights which he  would emerge victorious and earned him a title shot against MMA Heavyweight Goat Stipe Miocic. Ngannou would lose by Unanimous Decision he’d also lose his next fight to Derrick Lewis. He’d win his next four fights and would again get a title shot against Miocic in March of 2021 Ngannou would win the fight and become The UFC Heavyweight Champion. 

Ngannou would make his first title defense against Ciryl Gane. Ngannou would basically walk out of the fight a free man if he hadn’t defended the belt successfully, but Ngannou did win and now the UFC is going to take Ngannou to court to drain him for his career earnings if he doesn’t submit. A peculiar conundrum for the baddest man on the planet.

 

Our Wishlist of Fights for 2022

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Christmas may be over and Santa has delivered his last package, but we still have a wishlist of fights that we’re asking Uncle Dana to deliver us in the new year. The UFC has done a lot of great things persevering through the Pandemic, and we have some thoughts on fights we want to see in a post pandemic year, a full year with fans in the stands at all the PPV events. Here are our four big fight wishes for the New Year.

Dustin Poirier Vs. Nate Diaz

Dustin Poirier just lost his title shot against champion Charles Oliveira at UFC 269 earlier this month. After the fight many fans wondered what was Next for Poirier. Some even wondered if Lafyette’s own would retire. I doubt Poirier retires and I think that him being one of the promotion’s biggest stars he will go after money fights. And one of the big money fights that he could go for would be a matchup with Diaz. It’d be a grappler vs. grappler matchup but one would think fans would look past that and want to see these two guys throwing shots at each other and see who reigns supreme. Both Poirier and Diaz have beef with McGregor so this potentially sets the stage for either one of them to fight McGregor again.

Derrick Lewis Vs. Stipe Miocic

Derrick Lewis has the most Knockouts in UFC history and he is one of the most entertaining Heavyweights in the division. It is rumored that Lewis wants to fight Miocic next. Miocic has been on the sidelines since losing his title to current Heavyweight Champion, Francis Ngannou at UFC 260. Miocic has stayed busy working on his podcast, at his second job at the Fire Department, and being a father two his daughter and new son, Mateo. Miocic is considered to be the Heavyweight GOAT and it’d be interesting to see the Heavyweight GOAT vs. the UFC Knockout King. Let’s not mention that Stipe is very proficient on his feet being a Golden Gloves boxing champion and could go toe to toe with Lewis.

Jon Jones Vs. Anyone in the Heavyweight Division

After a recent arrest Jon Jones’ future with the promotion looked odd. Jones being cut always seemed unlikely as the UFC would probably like to control Jones as he’s one of the promotion’s biggest stars. It was Rumored that Jones was offered a fight with the UFC Heavyweight Champion Francis Ngannou but the money wasn’t right in Jone’s eyes. After talks for that fight fizzled out it was rumored that Jones was offered a fight with former Heavyweight Champion, Stipe Miocic. Jones wasn’t interested in that fight either. Hopefully Jones figures out what he’s interested in,  possibly another title fight offer is in Jones’ future to fight the winner of Ngannou and Ciryl Gane at UFC 270.

Amanda Nunes Vs. Julianna Peña 2

This month Julianna Peña shocked the MMA world with her defeat of Amanda Nunes at UFC 269 in the Co-main Event for the UFC Women’s Bantamweight title. Peña, who had called for the fight for many years, won via Submission in the second round. She did everything she said she would and did not fear Nunes. The two now have even more resentment towards each other as after the fight Peña went after Nunes with verbal barbs saying she was the first Mom champ when Nunes had adopted a daughter that was birthed by her wife, fellow UFC fighter, Nina Nunes. This vitriol between the two and the addition of Nunes being the most dominant female UFC champion in history trying to get one of her titles, absolutely makes this a rematch that you the viewer don’t want to miss.

What’s next for Derrick ‘The Black Beast’ Lewis?

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Derrick “The Black Beast” Lewis broke the UFC Knockout record on Saturday night in Las Vegas when he faced former Philadelphia Police officer Chris Daukas. Lewis is a fierce opponent and we think that there are many potential options for Lewis who is ranked third in the UFC Heavyweight division. The first would be a match up with Stipe Miocic. The next fight I think people would love to see would be a matchup with Jairzinho Rozenstruik. The final matchup that I think makes sense is the Winner of Francis Ngannou vs. Cyril Gane.

Stipe Miocic has been out of action since March of 2021. The Firefighter turned Heavyweight GOAT has had a busy year welcoming the birth of his son, Mateo. Miocic and Lewis have never faced off against each other which is what makes this match up so intriguing. Lewis has the clear weight advantage, as he walks around at 290 and cuts down to the Heavyweight Limit. Stipe walks around anywhere from between 235 pounds to 242 pounds. We don’t know how much of a disadvantage Miocic faced when he walked into the cage 30 pounds lighter than Ngannou, but it probably played a part in it. This seems like it’d be a great fight that the UFC brass would love to put on. 

One clear option would be the winner of the Heavyweight title unification bout between Ngannou and Gane. I think the UFC would likely rather put on a rematch between Ngannou and Lewis before they put on a rematch between Gane and Lewis who just fought for the Interim belt at UFC 265. One variable is the fact that Ngannou is on the last fight of his UFC deal and Dana White and Ngannou have been trading verbal blows to each other via the MMA media with White going as far as to say ‘If you don’t want to be with us, no problem.’ A clear message to the undisputed Heavyweight Champion. I think the fans would love to see the rematch between Lewis and Ngannou.

A fight I’d like to see Lewis in is a fight with Rozenstruik.  Rozenstruik is currently ranked sixth in the division and this is definitely a fight that would be in Lewis’ wheelhouse of three round bouts.  Rozenstruik has a record of 12-3 and his only losses were to Curtis Blaydes, Interim Champion Gane, and current Champion Ngannou. Needless to say this would be an interesting fight with Lewis’ striking and Rozenstruik’s striking being at the forefront of the bout.

Lewis is a fan favorite and he moves the Needle like no one else in the sport. He can Knockout just about anyone, and is just an overall great personality for the sport. He also shows that redemption is possible even when you think there’s no way to turn your life around. We look forward to seeing who Lewis faces or Knocks out next.

FIGHTER PROFILE: Derrick “The Black Beast” Lewis

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Derrick Lewis will be facing Chris Daukas in a main event from the UFC Apex on Saturday night. Lewis’ road to being one of the most popular Heavyweights in the UFC has been anything but ordinary. From being a college football player to being incarcerated Lewis has turned his life around and in the process has opened doors to show people that they can turn their lives around and achieve great things.

Lewis was born on February 7, 1985 in New Orleans, Louisiana. He was the second oldest of seven siblings and was raised by his Mother who raised all the children herself. At age 13 Lewis’ family moved to Houston, Texas and this led Lewis to spend the rest of his life in the Houston area. At age 17 Lewis took up boxing and almost got into the ring, but unfortunately his gym closed, and he was unable to train for the fight. Two years later Lewis ended up going to Jail for violating his probation he got sentenced for five years but ended up serving three.

 Unfortunately he couldn’t go back to college after getting released from jail so he ended up getting into MMA after being shown the sport by a friend, but Lewis was still boxing under the watchful eye of George Foreman. Lewis decided to fight an MMA fight and dominated and quickly switched to the Sport. Lewis would make his pro debut against Nick Mitchell which he won by TKO (punches) for the Worldwide Gladiator promotion. He’d then face ​​Shawn Jordan and would lose via unanimous decision. But this would not deter Lewis who’d win his next three contests. He’d then lose to Tony Johnson, but would win his next five fights earning him a spot on the UFC roster. 


Lewis would make his UFC debut in April of 2014 when he faced Jack May. Lewis would win by TKO (Punches.) Lewis would then face Guto Inocente, unfortunately this would be a loss for the UFC newcomer. He’d then face Ruan Potts and would win by TKO (Punches.) Lewis would then take a brutal TKO loss to Shawn Jordan who secured the victory by Hook Kick and Punches. Lewis would win his next six contests against very tough opponents. This streak would come to an end when he faced Mark Hunt. But Lewis would bounce back and win his next three contests including victories to Alexander Volkov and current Heavyweight Champion Francis Ngannou. He’d lose his next two including a title shot against Daniel Cormier, and then go on a four fight win streak earning him a shot at an interim Heavyweight title against Ciryl Gane which he didn’t bring home.

Lewis will face Chris Daukas on Saturday December 18th. Hopefully he brings home the W and is a step closer to winning the UFC Heavyweight title.  

Three Great MMA Fights Coming Up In December

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Before The New Year the UFC and Bellator have put together some great cards and on those cards there are some killer fights that are coming straight to you the fan. Whether it be fights from the UFC Apex or from Bellator’s pandemic setup in Mohegan Sun it’s been another odd year for fight fans, but things are sort of getting back to normal with awesome cards.  In this article we’ll cover fights that are non PPV cards.

Friday December 3: Sergio Pettis vs Kyoji Horiguchi

Former UFC fighter Sergio Pettis will be making his first Bantamweight title defense against Kyoji Horiguchi.  Pettis is on a four fight win streak winning every fight he’s participated in while signed to Bellator. Pettis has a 21-5 record and some of his losses have been to great fighters like Henry Cejudo and Rob Font and from those loses he built and came back better.  Horiguchi has an impressive 29-3 record and he will be making his promotional debut for Bellator on Friday. It should be an interesting match up.

Saturday December 4th: Rob Font vs. Jose Aldo

Former Featherweight Champion Jose Aldo has had quite the career, but since moving to Bantamweight Aldo has had a tough go of things winning two of his last four fights including losses to Marlon Moraes and Petr Yan. Rob Font’s stock is climbing winning his last four fights the Leominster, MA native is currently ranked fourth in the Bantamweight division. Font is an absolute killer with knock out power and submission expertise. Font is a Brown Belt in  Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and hopefully this will be enough to beat Aldo who is a Black Belt in BJJ.

Saturday December 18th: Derrick Lewis vs Chris Daukaus

Derrick Lewis will be returning to the UFC Octagon on December 18th. Lewis is coming off a loss to Ciryl Gane for the Heavyweight Interim Title. Before his loss to Gane he was riding a four fight win streak. Lewis is currently ranked third in the Heavyweight division. Derrick Lewis is a fan favorite, and it’s awesome we get to see him fight for a final time in 2021. Chris Daukaus is riding a five fight win streak he made his promotional debut in 2020 at UFC 252. Since joining the promotion he has gone 4-0. Daukaus is currently a Philadelphia Police Officer when not fighting. He is also the older brother of fellow UFC fighter Kyle Daukaus.

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